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Amalraj loses Brazil final

Chennai paddler Anthony Amalraj lost in the title clash of the Challenge Seamaster Brazil Open table tennis tournament, going down 1-4 (12-14, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 5-11) to Brazilian Caldrano Hugo.

Amalraj loses Brazil final
Amalraj did well to reach the final in Brazil

Earlier, Amalraj lost to compatriot Soumyajit Ghosh in the Chile Open men’s final. Eighth-seeded Amalraj, who was in the best form of his life in recent times, had very little chance against Hugo who was the tournament’s top seed. The Brazilian won the extended first game 14-12, while losing the next to Amalraj. But then a more determined Hugo, egged on by the local crowd, simply proved his superiority and rolled past his Indian rival. 

Amalraj stretched Hugo with his deft changes of spin and speed. However, once the 20-year-old Brazilian secured the third game, his confidence grew.

Strong with his backhand and noticeably over the table, after winning five straight points in the fifth game Hugo moved from 4-all to 9-4. Amalraj did win a point but he could not do much against the rampaging Hugo.

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